Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Democracy Part II

This is something everyone needs to understand regardless of party lines. The title of the article below is misleading. Many people (men, women, old, and young) don't know or don't care to remember. Human rights do not appear without a fight, nor do they defend themselves.

"Guess what? The Equal Rights Amendment did not pass. It won the two-thirds vote from the House of Representatives in October 1971. In March of 1972 it was approved by the Senate and sent to the states for ratification. It failed to achieve ratification by 38, or three-quarters, of the states. It was not brought to a vote again.

Because of that rejection, sexual equality, with the exception of when it pertains to the right to vote, is not protected by the Constitution. However, in the late 20th century the federal government and all states have passed legislation protecting women’s rights. These protections are not amendments to the Constitution. They, too, can be wiped away with the swipe of a pen.
Please don’t be complacent and too comfortable with your life. Be aware of what has happened over the years, decades and literally centuries to get you here. Women fought and died. People march to make other people aware; pay attention, please, lest you lose it all. Lest we all lose it all."

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Bread Update

I made this last loaf with bread flour. Tell me you're not salivating.

bread not bombs

One Month Down

2017 is one-twelfth over. Time measurements are meaningless, though, so I'm not going to talk about how I'd hoped this year would be better than last, and, just one month in, this year blows. No. Because every day my children are growing and changing and amazing me. Every day, my friends gift me with their love and support. Every minute with my family is an unfathomable blessing. I just need a reminder sometimes, to hold on tightly, to stop and talk (and listen).

A Time to Talk 
by Robert Frost

When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don’t stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven’t hoed,
And shout from where I am, ‘What is it?’
No, not as there is a time to talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Creatividad NĂºmero Dos

For Solstice, a dear friend gifted me a generous Amazon gift card. I almost spent it on my children, which is what I spend all my money and my not-money (I used to have names for my credit cards, but now I just curse and swear at them and throw them around the house, but they still won't leave) on. Not this time. This time, I spent the whole thing on me. And guess what? The whole thing was spent on books. I guess that didn't really surprise you. To take this wonderful gift to the next level, and "creatified" it, I did this:

Look at my pretties! Here be gold, if gold was a collection of poetry books with a few nonfiction and one novel thrown in. I've made note on the undersides what genre each book is, but other than that, I'm clueless. Every once in a while throughout the year, I get to pick up a beautifully wrapped gift and surprise and delight myself with the glory of a good book. Not only is my idea creative, it's also very kind - kind of my friend, the gift-card magician, of course, but also kind to myself. Because kindness and love begin within you. Here's to an eternity of beginnings!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Be kind. Think positive. Do something.

The things that are very possibly about to happen to our planet and the animals that inhabit it (that includes us humans) are terrifying. But we can't wallow in fear. We have to stay positive. We have to be kind. We have to do something.

Doing something doesn't mean you have to become a political activist. At the least, it means you should be kind and generous to the people you are in contact with daily. I say "least" because I think you can do better than that. I think you can pick a cause or an organization or a group of people to help and do so.

Volunteer, donate used items, donate money if you can. Just DO SOMETHING. Please. This is how we will get through this uncertain life together.

I'm sorry to preach. That's not really why I came on here today. I wanted to talk about my sponsor child Ivan.

I've know Ivan for 5 or 6 years now. He lives in the Philippines in a one-room dirt floor hut without electricity. His parents make about $100 a month. He has an older brother and an older sister. He enjoys soccer and drawing. He loves his family, including a bunch of cousins he goes to the beach with in summer. One time, he told me that their Christmas dinner was going to be small and simple but that his mom had told him it didn't matter what they ate as long as they were together as a family.

I am sooooo privileged; it makes me feel so guilty. I try to live simply, for the earth herself but also for Ivan and for the millions like him all over the world (yes, even in our country). Honestly, that's one of a few reasons Thanksgiving has always bugged me. Why such extravagance and waste? Holidays in my home are simple. We make small meals. We focus on our family - watching movies, playing games, going for a walk.

Helping others increases your capacity for compassion and puts your life in perspective. If you still think I'm being preachy...well, oh well, this is my blog after all.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Now Back to Your Regularly Scheduled Programming (Creativity Number One)

Honestly, I don't think I can take anymore reality right now, so we're switching gears, and it's about damn time! Let's get creative folks! I have so many ideas and projects I want to accomplish this year, and I'm very excited to talk to you about them. Today, I'd like to share with you my first creative act of the year:

Look at this beauty! I saw this recipe on PBS Kids one weekend morning. It's a simple, no-knead recipe. What what? You heard that correctly. It's not that hard, though I had to fine-tune the recipe a little to work in my cast iron Dutch oven. It's tasty, and I've been having it for breakfast, toasted with olive oil, most days this year so far. As the year progresses, I hope to master more challenging bread recipes. I've already requested a friend have a "bread-making party," so wish me luck!

Monday, January 23, 2017


It's our democratic right and privilege to march, petition, and support our beliefs. We aren't against America. We're FOR it. We love it and all it's people. We sent an overwhelming large message that equality is essential, and we won't let our government ignore this basic human principle. Maybe they won't, and I would applaud them for that, but if they do, we'll keep reminding them. My favorite signs sum up the "point" of all this. 

But one more thing first. I LOVE YOU ALL. We WILL get through this together. That doesn't mean we should blindly agree and be silent. That's not democracy. This is.

I took this one in St. Paul, where I was one of 100,000! Such kind, loving, peaceful people all around.

Got this off the interwebs. I may be female, but I'm very privileged. I get that you can forget about how many people are not. But don't worry. Reminders abound.

From a friend's FB page. I love this. Compassion and truth should be our FIRST priority. That doesn't mean we won't fix the budget, too.